Holiday concerts add to the spirit of the season. So does giving back. The Salvation Army's major fundraiser comes from the sound of the bell. "Absolutely it's our best fundraiser - 50 percent of our budget for the entire year," said Captain Jamie Pennington. He hopes the right will attract volunteers to man the kettles. Bell-ringers are essential to the purpose. "we need people, people don't give if there's not a bell-ringer out there and so we just need people to give just 2 hours of your time. We provide toys, we feed people, we do our youth services, all that stuff."
Last year there was a late surge to keep the numbers where they should be, but this year, they want to reverse that. "We were sweating bullets there all the way to the end last year and lucky the Lord provided and the community came through for us but it would be nice not to sweat bullets all year."
All money raised says in the community in which it was donated and if volunteers answer the bell, it would be music to Pennington's ears.
The salvation Army's website to volunteer as a bell ringer is www.ringbells.org.